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Budget deal could target federal pensions, Social Security, other benefits

Posted by Regina on November 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Cuts to federal pensions, Social Security and other benefits could be on the table during negotiations on a longer term federal budget.

 

The Budget Conference Committee, created in the wake of the 16-day government shutdown, reportedly is considering major changes to a number of federal benefits programs as part of a deal to replace the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.

 

These cuts could include:

 

Increasing federal empl...

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TSA Union Leader Responds to LAX Shooting

Posted by Regina on November 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to the shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport:

 

“We are sickened by reports of today’s shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the passengers and Transportation Security Officers killed or injured in this heinous act. Thank you to all of our brave...

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Federal Corrections Officer Killed in Puerto Rico

Posted by Regina on February 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A supervising corrections officer who worked at Puerto Rico's lone federal prison was killed in a drive-by shooting after his shift ended, authorities said Wednesday.

 

Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Casana was shot late Tuesday while driving home along a busy highway in the northern municipality of Bayamon, the FBI said in a statement. The killing shut down the highway for about eight hours.

 

Albarati worked in the investigative branch a...

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Overcrowding

Posted by Regina on February 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Overcrowding, budget cuts a risky mix for federal corrections officers.

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AFGE Urges Congress to Reject Pay Freeze Extension for Federal Workers

Posted by Regina on January 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Proposal from Rep. Fitzpatrick is a cheap political ploy, union leader says

 

WASHINGTON The American Federation of Government Employees is calling on members of Congress to reject a mean-spirited proposal from Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick that would extend the two-year pay freeze on federal employees for another year.

 

Federal employees already have sacrificed $103 billion over 10 years to deficit reduction $60 billion of which has come directly from freezing s...

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AFGE Statement on Fiscal Cliff Deal

Posted by Regina on January 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to the fiscal cliff deal:

 

While we are glad to see a bill that requires the wealthiest Americans begin to pay a fairer share of taxes, AFGE members are very concerned about the use of additional agency funding cuts in order to pay for the delay of the sequester. How agencies will achieve these amounts is not clear in the language of the...

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With Spending Bills Stalled, Yearlong CR Looms

Posted by Regina on December 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Congress is unlikely to move any fiscal 2013 spending bills by the end of the year, a decision likely guaranteeing the federal government will operate under a continuing resolution for the entire year.

 

Appropriators say they have made significant progress in settling differences between House and Senate spending bills and had hoped several bills could be rolled into a year-end omnibus. But leaders, focused on a fiscal cliff accord and emergency aid for superstorm Sandy, hav...

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Memorial signs honor slain officer

Posted by Regina on December 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Sixteen years after an inmate at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary stabbed Correctional Officer Scott Williams to death, two permanent memorial highway signs now pay him tribute.

 

On Thursday afternoon, as his widow, daughters, mother and colleagues stood by, a portion of State Route 1 between Vandenberg Air Force Base and the turnoff to the Lompoc penitentiary at Santa Lucia Canyon Road was designated the "Federal Correctional Officer Scott Williams Memorial Highway."

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U.S. Prisons Could Hold Guant?namo Detainees, After Serious Modifications

Posted by Regina on December 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)


 

 

Although Congress has passed several pieces of legislation barring the transfer of Guantánamo detainees to U.S. mainland facilities and the administration has dropped its plans to close the prison, if the government reversed its position, it has plenty of options for housing detainees domestically, according to a new report.

 

The Defense Department has a half-dozen facilities that could, theoretically, hold detainees, and th...

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Prison Rape: Department Of Justice Orders Increase In Anti-Rape Efforts

Posted by Regina on May 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday ordered federal, state and local prisons, jails and detention facilities to step up the fight against prison rape, issuing mandatory screening, enforcement and prevention regulations in hopes of reducing sexual victimization behind bars.

 

While the regulations have been in the works for years, the announcement comes on the heels of a J...

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